With all that is out there on the web, why has research on your PC, your tablet, or your smart phone not replaced me, your travel professional? I’m not saying never do your own research as it helps you focus on what you might want, creates a level of excitement and anticipation for you, and validates what I will tell you. But price alone can be an alluring but deceiving decision factor; value never deceives.
Please do as much research as you like but consider this before you book your cruise on line. As as travel professional, I :
~ know in my head or I have vast resources concerning all the current lines, their ships, and itineraries ;
~ know all about the new ships not yet launched, or just brand new to the ocean or river – I may even have sailed or toured them by special invitation;
~ know all the upcoming new itineraries on the horizon. All vendors are continually searching for new ports and destinations to please you;
~ know all the current special promotions that vendors have, and how a simple tweak to your vacation plans could save you money;
~ know all the inclusions of each vendor and can compare price vs. the value added price;
~ know of group spacing either I or an associate may have contracted months ago when demand and pricing was lower than current pricing, and has extra special amenities for you attached;
~ know the minor – and major – pitfalls that can happen on your travels to spoil your vacation and how to guard against them;
~ and most of all, know you, your likes and dislikes.
Mix all of these factors together in my travel professional brain just like a PC, and out comes the best cruise – price, value, destination, amenities, inclusions, atmosphere, comfort-factor, – for you, with that little added intuition thing that computers cannot do.
*In my world, a PC stands for me- a professional consultant !
Article written by D. MacIntyre, a former travel agency owner, of compassmedia.us in praise of all travel professionals everywhere!